Natalie Goldberg is probably best known for her book, Writing Down the Bones; Old Friend from Far Away is likely to take its place right beside that classic in books about writing.
Old Friend from Far Away is an outstanding book for anyone considering writing their own memoir or for anyone teaching others how to write a memoir. Filled with ten minute exercises to stimulate the memory and thus writing, Goldberg is able to really connect with her audience to help them rediscover the meanings behind their memories. She combines these exercises with meditations and quick “tests” to help break through locks and blocks and to encourage creativity and reflection. Goldberg’s style of teaching makes writing personal rather than a linear, step by step process; she encourages her reader to approach writing “sideways,” allowing inspiration to guide the process rather than make it a one-size-fits all experience. Using examples of and from writers such as Allen Ginsberg and Jimmy Santiago Baca, Old Friend from Far Away is a book that writers and teachers of writing can and will not only appreciate but use.
hot on elephant
Elephant Journal’s Holiday Gift Guide 636 shares A letter to the Anger that refuses to Leave Me. 588 shares Waylon’s favorite Ethical Gifts. 13 shares Learn Social Media, Writing, Editing & Journalism Ethics with elephantjournal.com. 0 shares The Real Reason so many Long-term Relationships Fail Sexually. 924 shares Trevor Noah just won my Respect. 2,562 shares Year of the Fire Rooster 2017: What to Expect. 984 shares December Forecast: Letting Go of 2016 & Leaning into 2017 with Love. 7,411 shares Why a Year of No Dating was the Best Thing I ever did for Myself. 7,236 shares These Tweets (and Retweets) actually Happened. 1,390 share